Announcing The Canadian Century
Coming soon: the sequel to Fearful Symmetry
I have had the great good fortune over the last 6 months to work with co-authors Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis on a new book that is essentially a sequel to Fearful Symmetry: “The Canadian Century: Moving Out of America’s Shadow”. This will be the first book of my new national think tank, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, and will be published by Key Porter. Here is the blurb from Key Porter about the book, which is due out in May, 2010:
One hundred years ago a great Canadian, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, predicted that the twentieth
century would belong to Canada. He had a plan to make it so.
What happened? Canada lost sight of LaurierĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s plan, and failed to claim its century,
dwelling instead in the long shadow of the United States.
In a bold, fascinating and thought-provoking call to arms, Crowley (author of the
national bestseller Fearful Symmetry) and co-authors Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis
envision CanadaĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s emergence as an economic and social power. While the United States
has been squandering its advantages Ă˘â‚¬â€ť including making a series of bad decisions that
precipitated a global economic disaster from which it struggles to emerge Ă˘â‚¬â€ť Canada finds
itself on a path leading out of the shadows and into a new prosperity that could Ă˘â‚¬â€ť if we
stay the course Ă˘â‚¬â€ť make us the envy of the world.
It wonĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t happen without effort, however. We must be prepared to follow through on
reforms enacted at the end of the twentieth century, completing the work already begun.
If we succeed, Canada can and will become the economic outperformer that Sir Wilfrid
Laurier foretold, a land of work for all who want it, of opportunity, investment, innovation
and prosperity. AmericaĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s performance, by contrast, risks trailing ours until they
embrace Canadian-style courageous and far-seeing reform.
Laurier did indeed predict the Canadian Century. He was absolutely right; he was
merely off by 100 years.
Brian Lee Crowley is the author of the national bestseller Fearful Symmetry: The Fall and Rise of CanadaĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Founding Values. Crowley is Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy and is a frequent commentator on political and economic issues for the CBC, Radio-Canada and many other media. His website is www.brianleecrowley.com. He lives in Ottawa.
Jason Clemens is the director of research at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco, where he specializes in fiscal policy. His articles regularly appear
throughout Canada and the United States, including the Globe and Mail, the Financial Post, the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in San Francisco.
Niels Veldhuis is vice-president and senior economist at The Fraser Institute. He also
writes a bi-weekly column for the National Post and appears regularly on radio and television
programs across the country. He lives in Vancouver.